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laurel. path to start this strange new disease affecting healthy young americans looks like this a period between the first outbreak of summer nine hundred eighty one and i nine hundred eighty five not only were people coming down and dying and so forth but nobody knew who had it or who didn't now more than thirty years since its arrival the face of aids looks like this but the social stigma of this disease lingers persons get educated but in the back of their mind h.i.v. may still be a little dirty secret the biggest part of this little secret is its growth across black america has gotten a hold in the african-american community it's it's it's is right here and that's
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spreading out that way right in the african-american community a collective silence has enabled it to spread across gender and sexual orientation african-americans tend to have sex with african-americans it's black men and black men usually it's black men and black women usually we're spreading death. among ourselves. both black men down women are at much greater risk of getting age i.v. compared to their white counterparts youth as well as adults. we began our investigation by looking at men who account for seventy percent of all new infections among blacks but what was surprising is that it's not just men who have
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sex with men who need to be concerned about hiv says. i did everything possible to get in this position yeah i wanted that act you know the wendy of my life was fast and free so i pretty much got what i was looking for if i'm not mistaken alice and p. she community clone and i think that's why our verse i first fell on top when they told me i didn't believe yeah because i had all these s.t.d. is like now. is a cool way. you know bad i was my thinking in baghdad it overall way but it didn't go away and stanley's response was good now and then now doesn't it as like i already only you know like ok if i get it i'm like yeah. you know i want to
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get our. and i probably did go get a had day you know i would not think about it because i know i know my know me so i play and we get home and. you know you tell me all head on head along. who want to know who won i would have buying. so many drugs to be to take my calls and name. and i had a name and at one time i had to get stats like trees have the we. just like. i don't think. that being a brute if you only shoot it was you know everything everything is heavy you know your legs a heavy a very weak and you still gotta get me to get it out to get these three shots so we yeah and that's the way i think. i had three blood transfusions because of the name . so that out was an experience of in the cell and after living with
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hiv for over thirty years if i tell you my story. is that all of it you got to go through. and it's like. everybody's body is different you know everybody's body is different what i go through you may never go through then again you might go through it twice is worse so don't look at me and say oh yeah i'm opposed to no i'm not opposed to. someone then with it every. i remember when major magazine said this would never be a heterosexual disease it would always be you know in the in the gay community it would always been the drug community it would now have a spread to they had all sorts of community well that was false but when people heard that it was all thank god i'm heterosexual i don't have to deal with i have
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to be worried about this you know this epidemic our investigation reaffirmed that men having sex with men are highly susceptible to contract ing hiv. what we also learned is that straight ahead roe sexual black men are a rising tide in contributing to the growth of this deadly virus take ten percent of the population may be african-american but we make up a much larger percentage of the individuals that infected with hiv and aids and it is screwing especially among young people young african-american the centers for disease control have presented strong data showing that youth between ages thirteen to twenty nine are an ever growing population falling prey to h i v. however we learned of a segment of this group that seems to have gone almost unnoticed youth born with
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this disease i've heard women use the terminology you know he gave this to me when somebody gave you something it's because you accepted i contracted hiv from this man i was in a relationship with him and we had a child i love my daughter he meant three i thank him and for whatever reason that god used him and me as a vehicle to bring this challenge to the world h.i.v.'s here the elephant is in the room as to what i'm doing with that elephant i no longer. i have locked myself into this anger you know look what he did to me. were not burned spawn thousand entirely positive i was six years old and. it was on my doctor's appointment and you know how they have a playroom for kids you know when waiting for the doctor and i was in the play room
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whilst playing and they took my mom out the play room so i guess those who are paying for her to tell me my doctor came out the room and he came and picked me up from the playroom and when we went into the room i see my mom and bill of tears so me i'm pulling away from my doctor like mommy alan still in toys because you know i don't know why my mom was crying and she was like most we hired just come in and the doctors was like you know your mom won and so clear so i'm like ok and she just told me she just like blurted out i guess i just passed so like explain that and how she just blurt she's blurted out and so my first question was that are we going to die because i used to hear like a lot of kids in africa dying from a child me an aids so that was my biggest fear that i thought i was going to die they broke down and so way that i could understand they you know there's medications out there that's going to take care of you but you're not this is something that's going that you're going to live with forever i shared with the school that raising every possible i never expected outcome i never expected
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teachers would have discriminated against or even i never expected that administrators would not have taken the time to learn and understand how this disease is transmitted so they wouldn't discriminate against it. so when i went to school the next day and i had told my own friend i say you know i went to the doctor and i'm about to tell me that i had my mom told me that i had hiv and i soon as i said that my teacher she automatically pulled my friend away from me and put up a glows around the classroom and to the fact that her knowing that i was hiv positive i couldn't go and crash if she's to pull garbage bags around me like if i had to use the bathroom she let me use the bathroom or myself choose to take my school lunch away from me or do so factor me being a child be positive she was abused she was abused by was school system other children started harassing gravely and she even got older we to know that adults
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treated this child will believe that she did i mean a child was in catholic school. private schools you would think you know somebody know better they do better that was not the case kids used to make fun of me saying that i have the monster or they used to just that i would get things to me like this one guy used to have really long hair she cut my hair off one day like i was while i was watching a movie in class and all of a sudden i heard says gold. and i just want my and she was like yeah i'm cutting your hair up because you're going to die soon and i just sat there and i love how continue doing it and because i'd just like as i said when growing up i just felt like you know this is how my life is going to be like everybody just going to make fun of me but everyone did not make fun of her and that the tender age of six trichotomy oprah winfrey and i was a millennium dream at the time that's what made donal's was doing kids that drilling with any type of onus they would send them my to disney world i went on
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his show and i was sick at that time i had a fever but i was like oh i'm sick i don't want to sit next to you and she just open arms to make sweetheart i don't care what you have you're on my shoulder i want you to tell me what what do you go through in my eye this remember me saying man talk to oprah and she was just crying my mother just are crying because man just telling everybody i'm having a child being. always sick and i told them down oprah just like well how about if i send you to disney world or something and hope i didn't move on and went there i always wanted to go there and i. hope will send me to disney world i confronted her dad he said to me ain't life ain't life a bitch. you know how long i've been living with this he called me and who says mike while he was on the show why did you tell people to eat i'm positive you shouldn't do that how do you think i'm going to look so is like who says like one though he just as i when he hears asked why it's on the magazine our science on the
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hill just get upset like he's not supportive of lads so as raven grew into her teens life with her mom became strained the age of thirteen i always saw people add they tried taking my life away me my mom started making really arguing and like isis i get really mad i have it was just it was a lot to me at that i say my teenage years was like my most lucky i. got to the age of like sixteen seventeen i had to make realize like you know even. be a mom then do something but you know she didn't know at the time and i had to realize i had to put miley sense into this like. i was born with that i did x. that is you know i can't be mad at my mother what can she do you know let me make
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make it make your future better don't don't look beyond the path i don't look at h.l.v. as a bad thing anymore and my and of other youth in raven's age group who are prone to contract in h i v. the reaction of people what they're going to think of. the stigma that's the main one i think of the stigma that's why a lot of young kids are scared think it has that made them probable that they discussed being on stuff like that but i'm talking as they young because i'm still in the young generation that you know that's the that's where the big al biggest problem is that you know people accepting us and mistake my. eye.
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the americans have having lead to major spots you know the family and the church to address whatever crisis they are going through because the church was the place that sent us historically the collets the church was the place of you had the illness the church of god come and support you you know of someone died you can depend on the church to come and bring the food you know to me come and bring whatever you need even help me to bury your loved ones you know i mean that was the church of whatever you didn't have the chance of going to come in and fill that gap for you. but when they first hit black america most family members were caught off guard those two points those points of co fit were not quite there you know thank god some people had great family support. most families back then did not know what he was they were afraid you know there was not
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a lot of information there was not a myth so we have that myth that it's not part of me i'm not gay i'm not a lesbian oh i'm a lesbian i can't catch it. i'm not in that age group i can't catch it yes it is it's it's it's in the house many victims of a child were shunned by close family members and when they turned to the church to head the state that initially applied to. anybody willing to come forward. i should be a religious leader is the church you know was caught up in this is a homosexual disease and you know it's you know again you know i'm going to hail and wind up going to you know we're not going to address that that he was so important for the black church to be for the truth. because of the black church did not want to accept it because you are gay or begins each i mean in had
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a bigger sort of impact in that if you were not then allowed to potentially good it has. been known effective but if it did your mother your onto your brothers your sisters because they then also felt like maybe they you know mean you were part of that being the child so in the beginning it's a gay white man's disease black folks it's not out issue really when people were dying left and right by nineteen eighty six african-americans accounted for twenty five percent of those infected with hiv causes for this rapid increase were disproportionately low response at the national state and local levels adding to these external factors was the growing stigma surrounding this infection. and somebody. an african-american has each and that person essentially says in a sentence in. silence by family members and local clergy bound by fears and
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denial only strengthened the growing prejudice against those infected with hiv every black family has someone who has been addicted to drugs or alcohol as someone who was gay you know so that wasn't a new phenomenon what was new was that we were not about to talk about it in public i had a minister the said to me it's a rule reverend cheek. homosexuality i don't have that problem in my church has had a problem. i said how because the church twelve hundred people has a soul and twelve hundred people and easily does say that ten percent of the population this gay and lesbian and you don't see anybody so you don't have anybody in your choir you don't have anybody on your deacon board on your ministerial staff on you in your administrative office no way you don't see no one gay and as i understand homosexuality and drug addiction are two taboos that were well
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entrenched within the black family but almost never openly discussed. aids in the black family added one more to subject to be consciously ignored many times i would preach a sermon. for family and that would have the family come and say you cannot say that he was gay or you cannot say that he died of aids you can say doubt of cancer but they can you can say he died of aids are you kidding me all of the whole community no. so the way i used to give a round that was i would have remarks come first and of course people would get up and say well i knew when he first got infected and the family would never said a word it was like the big elephant in the room and nobody wanted to talk about it . we explored internal factors that led to the early growth in the aids epidemic in black america while doing so we learned that silence fear
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and denial so evident back then as undergone little more than cosmetic changes thirty one hours later. the low blood. and i have quite a few friends that were raised in a church you know i had lots in the church service then so quite a few charge visiting but it was something that i just didn't see. in my spirit and still to come to. enjoy the music but a lot of the other rituals just didn't sink in as i became older and found my way islam was the only way that i knew in the new place that i need to go back to.
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something spiritually something a little more religiously grounding. from my understanding there isn't anything in the koran actually says about homosexuality being gay it's just a lot of the other. laws govern by the sharia law as you know things that a lot of the some of what the profit will practice. where it goes into homosexuality. it being a sense. of when i first found out i was positive. like i said i really didn't think it will be possible i was doing a student teaching and i want all my lunch break to get my answers to get the results. and when i walked out today and he said i was positive it was like i was livin in a fog. but i was in a daze. and i went
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back to work like nothing ever happened but it did it devastate i didn't know where to turn to talk to. how to tell family. i was lost. it was my mother father and we were any kitchen. and my husband says oh hi how are you what's going on and they say nothing you know i had him with me there as well when at home you know i need you guys to this is what i'm involved with in a mother was cooking we came in he said he wanted to talk and he came in and my husband came in. he told us he had something to say to us and its own that i was a positive this is why i'm in a relationship with a mother started crying and my father being the man he is asking so what does mean your dresses and i bring you little he said of the said mother was going out and
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just life floored me that started the whole argument and i just walked out you know that put a big strain on a relationship. is different it's better than it was there isn't a whole lot of conversation or close to none conversation about my sexuality me being gay or maybe any positive. washington d.c. carries the distinction of being ground zero for having the highest h.i.v. infection rate in america all of d.c. has an epidemic because there are unusual consolation as not being a state not even be in city where a cut out all of d.c. is that a number epidemic level but d.c. is not so unique when compared to other major cities across the nation if you
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compare metro d.c. that is diminished did the disco columbia and its suburbs metro d.c. with metro philadelphia metro chicago metro miami were about the same there are twelve cities in the united states in which half of the people with hiv aids live city d.c. is one of those twelve cities. we spoke to medical professionals concerning the disproportionate rise of hiv aids in the black community. forty five to fifty percent of our community be diagnosed with the disease and we know how to prevent it by the way african-americans are more likely to get tested an ethnic group more likely to get to know we get tested for the results but we always don't get into care particularly in rural. remote areas we tend to have a physician or a clinician who has graduated from school or from college you know ten fifteen years ago we never had to cheat persons or interview positive because it was all
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you remember the infectious disease physicians were treated so they still don't. know and they are not willing to. what is the level of hiv training provided for medical professionals the majority of the local hospitals and doctors offices within the district of columbia i think staff physicians nurses ancillary personnel understand that this is not a disease of casual contact so that you go in the hospitals and you don't see red bags outside of the door you don't see signs up there of isolation just because a person is positive you may see it up there for a host of other reasons but not for being possible. it would seem that this heightened awareness of medical professionals would lead to earlier detection of new age hiv patients six to two percent of patients who actually come into care are diagnosed with aids within
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a year of being testing positive for hiv let me see that again within a year of a diagnosis of. over sixty two percent of those patients are diagnosed with those patients the majority of them were receiving medical care what it means then is that the clinicians the physicians physician assistant nurse practitioner advance practitioners pharmacists dentists did not know the stations of the disease or didn't pay attention. of those who can afford medical care it appears that many medical practitioners are not adequately trained in detecting the early signs of hiv or may simply choose not to treat such patients nobody worries about being positive with syphilis and or nobody even thinks twice about most herpes infections but he seems to carry a burden. we just can't explain. this fear seems to be born
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not just the general public. medical practitioners as well we. speak with. physicians. just finishing up residence. in your program and. become full fledged physicians. clinicians clinicians. and we were stunned when one young woman talked about being in the clinic and. said to her did you.
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